It’s football season again, and we’re all about to experience the sights, sounds – and arguments – of the season. And one of the perennial arguments fans engage in each year is whether a head coach should be involved in hands-on coaching or even call plays himself. Similarly, if you’ve been trying to run your small or mid-size business by trying to do it all, you no doubt have bumped into the hard wall of personal and corporate limitations. And you’ve likely become frustrated, at times, with the drain of both cash and human resources that operating and managing your technology operations creates.
So maybe it’s time to bring in a highly qualified group of assistant coaches. Not only can they share the time and energy burden you’ve been shouldering alone, they also can bring in new ideas, approaches and technology that can change and improve both your company’s resource allocations and financial results.
Is it time to migrate?
Your small or mid-size business can move its network (comprised of desktop computers, internal servers and associated communications gear and peripherals) to a virtualized environment operated by a third party. Such a change can dramatically improve your company’s financial performance by reallocating your capital more strategically, improving your cost control and cash flow, allowing your team members to focus on solely producing revenue and serving customers better. This move frees you to spend more time actually managing your team, serving customers and leading your company more effectively.
If your company has more than just a handful of employees, there are two approaches to consider: “Desktop Virtualization” and “Desktop as a Service.” As with many subjects in the world of business technology, those terms are dense and can be confusing, so let’s explain what they are and how they can work for your firm.
The benefits of becoming “virtual”
Desktop virtualization shifts the location of you company’s data storage and processing from individual computers to servers (either your own, or those of a third-party vendor) that support individual workers, no matter where they work or what devices they use to access and process data. Workers can access their desktop (or, more specifically the data and applications that previously resided in their desktop computer) from virtually anywhere, using any device. There are several key advantages:
1. Capital spending on computers is all-but eliminated.
2. Technology upgrades are easier, because they do not represent writing off equipment and software previously purchased.
3. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is enhanced, shifting to some degree the cost of equipment from the company to workers.
4. Worker productivity is improved through increased mobility. If you so choose, telecommuting is made more efficient and easier, potentially lowering facility acquisition and utility costs.
5. Operating costs rise with the shift to monthly service fee/subscription arrangements, but are more than offset by capital spending savings, improved tech performance and worker productivity, lower facilities costs, and increased management focus on the company’s core business.
Greater service with DaaS
Desktop as a Service, or DaaS, takes desktop virtualization further, and can be particularly valuable to smaller organizations because it includes the provision by the third-party service provider of helpdesk and other service-related supports. No longer must the most computer-savvy person on staff do double duty as the company’s tech-support guy or girl. While an organization can implement desktop virtualization on its own (it’s typically better done by a third-party service provider), DaaS is, by definition, an outsourced approach. And for smaller enterprises with 10 to 50, often highly mobile employees, it can be an especially economic and effective approach.